ERIC Number: ED432326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-19
Reference Count: N/A
The State of California Community Colleges, 1997.
Nussbaum, Thomas J.
Four important changes for the community colleges of California are proposed. First, legislation should be developed that establishes the basic framework for enabling community colleges to restore a level of access to community college education and training for more citizens. This would provide economic and social opportunity for more citizens, help meet demands in the labor force and needs of the state, and help reverse trends that harm the state's economy, society, and multi-cultural diversity. Secondly, the state should develop a public awareness and marketing plan that would inform the public, media, and policy makers about the value of community colleges and the need to increase access. Third, accountability to the community colleges' stakeholders by those in governance should be increased. The fourth proposal focused on the mandates and policies that emerged in the 1990s. They included but were not limited to: welfare reform; the improvement of transfer and articulation; the diversity of students, faculty, and staff; Proposition 209; the development of a state work force preparation plan; and instructional delivery systems. Nussbaum also argued for maintaining a commitment to diversity. (TGO)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Basic Skills, College Role, Community Colleges, Cultural Interrelationships, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Change, Educational Policy, Job Placement, Job Training, Social Problems, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.